RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office is warning residents of scammers posing as United States Treasury officials.
The fake officials are calling North Carolinians and demanding residents to pay taxes right away or face a lawsuit or arrest.
The AG’s Office says they have received more than 500 reports of these fake calls in the past week. Many of the reports are coming from the eastern part of the state.
As part of this scam, the caller usually identifies himself as Steve Martin or David Gray, and many of the calls reported appear to come from the same number: 843-492-4165.
The AG’s Office says the calls usually begin with a pre-recorded message that you’re asked to return. Sometimes the caller says there’s an issue with your pension, and other times the caller says an action has been filed against you by the U.S. Treasury.
Here are some tips to follow to avoid being a victim of a scam:
• Government agencies will not threaten arrest if you don’t pay taxes or fines immediately.
• Real government employees will never demand immediate payment by credit card, bank account draft, pre-paid debit card or wire transfer.
• Caller ID can be manipulated to make it appear the scammers are calling from the real IRS or a local number, even if they’re located halfway around the world.
• Never share personal information such as your Social Security Number or bank account number with anyone you don’t know who contacts you, even if they claim to work with a government agency.
If you have been contacted by a phone scammer, report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online at ncdoj.gov.